New Principal Conductor at Orchestra

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst has been appointed as Principal Conductor of Bondholder Sinfonia Viva - the East Midlands’ professional orchestra, based in Derby.

Mr Zielhorst comes from a family of church musicians and started his musical journey by playing the violin. He went to his first concert when he was nine-years- old and decided then that he wanted to be a conductor.

He studied orchestral conducting with Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and is a laureate of the prestigious Kersjes Foundation conducting scholarship.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive, Peter Helps, said: “We are delighted that Frank is joining the Orchestra as Principal Conductor.

“His commitment to every aspect of Viva’s work, combined with his ambition to be an integral part of the cultural life of this region is fantastic not just for us as an organisation but for the wider community.

“We, the players and management, have all enjoyed working with Frank tremendously over the past year and are looking forward to this new partnership with enthusiasm and excitement.”

Mr Zielhorst (32), who takes over the baton from Duncan Ward, will make his debut under his new role on February 6 at the culmination performance of the Orchestra’s education Spring residency at Bondholder Derby Theatre followed by a concert at Bondholder Derby Cathedral on March 14.